Martin Pitt, systemd manager of the Ubuntu operating system, has announced the Canonical plans of unify and clean Ubuntu network settings through a new project called “netplan”. Current versions of Ubuntu operating system automatically generate interfaces during system installation ifupdwon to the route etc / network / interfaces. On the other hand, Ubuntu Cloud uses a YAML-based format. None of the options offer a simple way to automatically pre-configure the NetworkManager network connection management software that is used by default in Ubuntu-based distributions, and this is exactly what Canonical wants to change.
netplan promises to provide /etc/netplan/*.yaml network configuration files for all versions of Ubuntu Linux, Including Desktop, Server, Irritable, Maas and Cloud. with netplan, All installers will generate only these YAML – based network configuration files instead of / Etc / network / interfaces, Giving developers the flexibility to dynamically switch between multiples backends.
netplan is already present in Ubuntu 16.10
netplan and nplan are already there present in the current ones daily build d’Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, The next version of Ubuntu that will be released in October this year. the package nplan it is already available in the default repositories of Ubuntu 16.10 and will become the standard for all tastes of Ubuntu in the coming weeks. Currently, nplan 0.5 supports Ethernet, Wi-Fi (AP, ad-hoc and infrastructure) and Bridges configurations.
Any user can try the new packages if they install it daily build latest version of Ubuntu 16.10, but I personally would not recommend it. Much remains to be done for the release of a reliable beta of the next version of Ubuntu and I would wait until the release of one of the official betas. If you decide to install the new versions, feel free to leave your experiences in the comments.